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Monday April 21

08:32
Apple expands renewable energy to retail stores, 120...

Nearly half of Apple's 254 retail stores in the U.S. -- including flagship locations in Palo Alto, Chicago, and New York -- are said to be powered entirely by energy from renewable sources, part of the company's plan to cast a wider net with its environmental initiatives.



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08:30
Ahead of earnings, analysts anticipate uptick in Mac...

Come Wednesday after the bell, all eyes will be on Apple's earnings report for the March quarter. While the key metric investors will be looking at the ever-critical iPhone sales numbers, it's just as important to keep close tabs on the health of the...

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08:00
Mac 101: A handy list of startup options for Macs...

Need to reboot you Mac to access a new startup disc or launch with safe mode enabled so you can troubleshoot problems with OS X? Then read on for this handy list of startup options for Mac OS X machines.

Manually restart: Hold down the power...

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07:49
Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.


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07:35
Apple TV adds A&E, History, Lifetime channels

Apple has added three new channels to Apple TV: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. All three channels from A+E Networks require a cable subscription for full access — currently, only DirecTV, Cablevision Optimum and Verizon FiOS subscribers can gain access to all included content.

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07:33
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime to...

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon.

I always get excited about the new channels, until I see that you need a cable subscription.

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07:30
Bloomberg joins the linkbait game with bizarre Apple...

A recent Bloomberg story about Samsung "sticking it" to Apple shows that even reputable sites will sink to new lows in an effort to create a story out of nothing.

In the world of tech writing, and Apple in particular, there are no shortage of...

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07:29
History, A&E and Lifetime networks launch on...

A trio of new content options from A+E Networks debuted on the Apple TV on Monday, with viewers now capable of watching content from History, A&E and Lifetime through new dedicated channels.



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07:28
Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary

If it’s real, it’s the literary find of the century. New York antiquarian booksellers Daniel Wechsler and George Koppelman believe they have found William Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary.

An incredible find.

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07:26
Mini review: Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

There are Mac accessories that are exciting or fun, and others that are boring but useful. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock most definitely falls into the latter category.

As regular readers will know, I’m of the view that wires are evil. Anything that can be wireless should be wireless, and any wires that are unavoidable should be hidden from sight. This is particularly easy if you have an Apple Thunderbolt Display, of course, since all you need in the way of wires from a MacBook is power and Thunderbolt: everything else can be plugged into the back of the monitor.

But if you share my aversion to visible wires and don’t have a Thunderbolt display, or you are frequently connecting and disconnecting your MacBook from a bunch of devices on your desk, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock may be the answer …

Overview

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07:18
Apple to end support of AIM iChat logins for pre-...

As of June 30th, Apple will be discontinuing AIM iChat login support for users of OS X below v10.7.2, according to a new support document. The decision specifically affects people using a mac.com or me.com address as an AIM ID to sign into iChat. To get around the issue, people must either create a new AIM ID -- which will also require reentering contacts -- or upgrade to a later version of OS X....



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07:16
An inside look at Apple’s environmentally-friendly...

Steven Levy gets a rare inside look at Apple’s data center in Nevada.

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07:07
Apple adds A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime...

 

Apple today has added three new channels to the Apple TV lineup: A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime. Each channel does require a cable subscription to unlock full content, but it appears the most recent episodes of shows are available without unlocking the channels. At the time of launch, each channel only supports DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, but the network says it will add support for more providers soon. While current cable provider support is limited, the A&E network did debut live TV streaming in its iPad apps just a week ago with support for a sweeping range of cable providers…

Specifically, those apps extend support to major providers not listed by the Apple TV...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Validity not confirmed

New report says iWatch will be significantly cheaper than expected (BGR)

BGR once again plays fast and loose with the definition of "report" by citing some analyst's evidence-free predictions of how much the nonexistent iWatch will cost.

The good...

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06:58
Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.


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06:55
Nike stopping FuelBand production

Nike is stopping production of wearable hardware, including its FuelBand fitness tracker, CNET reports. Most of the team responsible for the development of FuelBand has reportedly been fired, as Nike is shifting its focus from hardware to fitness and athletic software. A new, slimmer version of the FuelBand was…

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06:55
Create Typographic Images with Typo-Painter – only $...

Typo-Painter for Adobe Photoshop will quickly become your absolute favorite plugin in your artistic toolbox! This plugin lets you create a typographic painting from any image, using any text you’d like! What’s more, it can also save your file as a vector EPS for easy editing and resizing! Now, read our lips… for a limited time only, thanks to this Mighty Deal, you can get this fantastic app for a mere $5!

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06:46
Nike axes the FuelBand and most of its development...

It looks like there will be one less company competing in the wearables market with the iWatch. According to CNET, Nike is closing down its wearable hardware development, which includes the FuelBand, in order to focus on its software efforts. As a result, the 70 employees on the FuelBand team are being let go, with a handful staying on until May.

The team members were split between Nike’s Hong Kong offices, with the remainder of the team at Nike’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters. On the bright side, other departments within Nike will have an...

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06:05
Apple, Google seek exclusive game debuts

Both Apple and Google are approaching game developers to get top titles to debut first on their respective operating systems, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies are both offering premium placement within their app stores in exchange for exclusivity.  It’s reported that Apple doesn’t offer money for exclusive…

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06:01
Software Update Rundown for April 21st, 2014

We’ll be posting info on updates of some of our favorite software along with some high profile apps that are pretty essential to anyone on a Mac or iThing, just in case you missed them. This information is brought to you by updates I get from developers and my own software use, but mostly by MacUpdate, although not officially, because that is what I use to keep all my apps up to date. I also like to add some value by throwing in some extra notes from my experiences. So let’s get to it!

 

Mac

calibre 1.33.0

This app is great if you want to access PDF documents, ePub books, or other readable, in different...

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06:01
Transcendence and Analytics: What If the End of...


I saw the movie Transcendence last week, and it was an impressive telling of what might happen were we to achieve singularity. Given this is likely where AI research is taking us and that analytics is a major component to getting there, I not only recommend the movie as entertainment but also as a means to wrapping your head around what we must correct before we take that next big step. The problem resides in us. Much of the world operates on lies. Governments, religions, employers, coworkers and relatives all lie at times.

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06:00
Daily App: Union is a powerful image blending tool...

Union (U.S. $1.99) is a very well thought out tool that brings Photoshop-type power to your iPad or iPhone. It's the most impressive image blending app I've used, and it works wonders to help you create unique and compelling images.

When using the...

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05:57
Review: Penclic Bluetooth 'mouse'

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a pencil? Penclic released a mouse that combines the familiarity of holding a writing instrument with the maneuverability of a Bluetooth mouse in the Penclic Mouse B2. Check our review to see how we li...



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05:52
Samsung’s portrayal in the media

Yesterday, USA Today ran the linked article discussing Samsung slugging it out with Apple for customers. To me, it read almost like a love letter to Samsung, full of appreciation for a scrappy underdog. For example:

In this escalating slugfest, Samsung has become tech’s Joe Frazier to Apple’s Muhammad Ali, less flashy but tenacious in battering its opponent with a flurry of new products. Apple’s product arsenal remains select — by design.

I find this sort of assessment hard to digest. Did Samsung copy Apple’s design efforts? A federal jury certainly ruled that to be the case. And based on what I’ve read, this seems to be a fair finding.

So why the love for Samsung? Where’s the indignation? I just don’t get it. Samsung as Joe Frazier? Really? Yeesh.

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05:45
Earnings preview: Wall Street expects flat March...

With no major new products launched in the just-concluded March quarter, analysts on Wall Street don't expect big things from Apple when the company reports its earnings on Wednesday, generally projecting for revenue to be about flat with the same period from a year ago.



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05:45
Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.


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05:34
Are you tone deaf?

This test will tell you if you are tone deaf.

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05:07
Samsung acknowledges one Apple invention: there’s an...

Photo: The Verge

Samsung and Apple may spend rather a lot of time arguing about who invented what in patent trials, but Samsung does at least acknowledge one Apple invention. The Samsung Innovation Museum, opened to mark the 45th anniversary of Samsung Electronics, includes an Apple II, described as “the first home computer.”
Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple Computer, Apple II, Apple Innovation,...

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04:43
Why the music industry is trying—and failing—to...

There is a lot to digest here. How Pandora works, what are the motivations of the various players, are songwriters being paid fairly?

A terrific read.

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04:09
Wall Street expecting AAPL earnings toward the high...

Photo: Business Insider

With Apple due to report its quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Fortune has been doing its usual analyst temperature-taking. The 37 analysts who have responded so far expect an average of $43.5B, toward the high end of the $42-44B Apple told the market to expect.

So what are our analysts expecting this week? No surprises, that’s for sure. The average revenue estimate of the 37 analysts we’ve heard from so far — 14 amateurs and 23 pros — is 43.5 billion, just above the midpoint of Oppenheimer’s range.

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04:00
Reviews: PenClic Bluetooth mouse

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for years. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an everyday writing utensil like a ......



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01:23
Apple enticing games publishers with promotion deals...

The Wall Street Journal has published a report saying that both Apple and Google are actively pursuing exclusivity deals with game developers. Whispers of these type of arrangements surfaced last year, with reports highlighting a partnership between Apple and EA for Plants vs Zombies 2.

The Journal confirms that Apple’s exclusivity deals do not include monetary payments. In return, the companies offer “premium placement” (such as featured spots on the home page) for launching first on their platform.

In regard to the Plants vs Zombies’ deal, the report says EA gave Apple agreed about two months of exclusivity.

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01:12
Apple and Google bring fight for exclusive games to...

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, Apple and Google are actively pursuing game developers with special incentives to make sure big name titles come to their respective platforms first.



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Sunday April 20

21:08
Briefly: Beats Music updates iOS app, Optimizely...

Beats Music's streaming service app for iOS has received an update. Users can now subscribe to the streaming service from within the app, meaning that once the trial period is over, the transition to paid service is that much easier. Also included is the ability to find Facebook friends who use Beats, improved social network linking and new tracks in the Sentence playlist generator. The Beat Music app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store....



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17:00
Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10 pm ET: Easter Edition!

New dial-in experience! Set up Fuze Meeting before the show if you want to join in live.

we have once again reached the end of a weekend, which can only mean one thing: another episode of the TUAW talkcast! This week we'll be chatting about the news...

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13:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old...

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10:25
Users finding first-generation Apple TVs unable to...

Some users of the first version of Apple’s set-top box are reporting that their devices are suddenly unable to connect to the iTunes Store, according to a 19-page discussion thread (via MacRumors) on Apple’s support website. A backend change is likely responsible for this problem, though Apple hasn’t yet clarified whether this is a permanent change or a temporary glitch.

The issue was first reported three days ago, with new reports coming in every day since. Thus far no one has been able to find a remedy. At least one user in the thread notes that his Apple TV is working fine while connected to the internet via an Ethernet cable, but it...

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10:00
A roundup of last week's popular and featured...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro...

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08:21
British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube,...

I’m like a kid in a candy store here. Some fantastic vintage short subjects, including a boat load of old Beatles and Rolling Stones shorts. The films span the years from 1896 to 1976. Amazing.

Here’s a link to the Pathé YouTube channel. Happy browsing.

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08:08
NY Times compares Samsung S5 to iPhone 5s

While there are probably some people who go out to shop for the best Android phone, I suspect that most people want to know which phone is best of all, whatever operating system it runs. In other words, how does the Galaxy S5 compare to the iPhone 5S, Apple’s six-month-old flagship device and the champion to beat?

The answer: Not very well. I’ve been using the new Samsung for about three weeks, and while I do think it is the best Android phone you can buy, it sure isn’t the best phone on the market. By just about every major measure you’ll care about, from speed to design to ease of use to the quality of its apps, Samsung’s phone ranks behind the iPhone, sometimes far behind. If you’re looking for the best phone on the market right now, I’d recommend going with the iPhone 5S.

No surprise there.

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08:00
A roundup of last week's app reviews on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for app news and announcements, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you...

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04:20
Review: Satechi’s 4, 7, & 10 port USB hubs...

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of Satechi’s USB hubs in my effort to combat my growing need to wire in more stuff to my Mac’s 4 USB ports. While wireless is often more convenient and downright necessary on laptops to have a good experience, I still enjoy the speed and reliability of a wired connection on my desktop setup. To have a completely ergonomic experience and avoid plugging and unplugging things, a USB hub of some sort is definitely needed. The challenge to buying the right hub for your needs is deciphering how each hub differs; it’s not just limited to the number of ports available…

Like most people, I don’t keep anything wired in to my MacBook Air. Even my backups are wireless with Time Machine over WiFi. My desktop, however, is a Mac mini with an external display. Right off the bat, the...

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Saturday April 19

19:53
Apple adds rising star with background in FDA...

Apple has added Divya Nag, a rising star in the medical device community, to its in-house medical technology team, according to sources with knowledge of the hire. Nag made her entry into the medical technology world earlier this decade by co-founding Stem Cell Theranostics, a company that focuses on technologies for testing new medicines for the market and how the drugs will affect patients. Nag also founded the Stanford-based StartX, an “accelerator” for medical technology-focused startups. Nag was just recently recognized for her many accomplishments in the medical and science fields with the Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 award.

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19:45
Briefly: Facebook's Paper, Skitch for iOS...

Facebook's Paper for iOS app has received its first major update since its release, adding notifications for birthdays and events. Paper allows users to view their Facebook News Feed as well as other content in a simplistic layout format. Users can tap on the globe icon to check notifications that now include important dates. Photo comments are also now featured, meaning that images can be inserted as part of a comment thread, with or without text. Other features within v1.1.0 are new story buttons, more article covers, accessibility features, and group updates. Paper is free to download for...



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18:51
Backblaze: Backup your data online for $5 a month

Many thanks to Backblaze for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Back up all your data with Backblaze online backup. It’s unlimited, unthrottled, uncomplicated, and unexpensive. At just $5/month for all your data it’s a no-brainer.

Don’t risk losing your music, photos, movies, code, docs and whatever else you’re working on or editing. Backblaze continuously and securely backs up all the data on your computer and external hard drives.

Accessing and restoring files is easy. Quickly download and share files with the iPhone app. Need more of your data back? Use any web browser to download it or have Backblaze FedEx you a flash key or USB hard drive. Whether it’s a broken hard drive, lost external, or a stolen computer, data loss happens all the time. For less than a...

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18:02
3 Free iOS Apps To Unleash the Music In You

Like making music? Vernon Seward points out 3 iOS app design to help you do just that in this week's Free on iTunes. Novations Launchkey, Gitar!, and Sing!


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14:42
Apple, Inc. and the pursuit of affordable luxury...

In an industry captivated by cheap commodity components, Apple's ability to command healthy profit margins for "magical," premium priced products designed to delight users--rather than just solve basic problems in a cost effective way--has confounded analysts and pundits for the better part of 40 years. It appears Apple will continue to introduce upscale new products in 2014, rather than following the industry into a race to the bottom in pricing.



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11:34
The design flaw that almost wiped out an NYC...

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Slate:

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45 degree-angled top.

But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts.

This thing does not look sturdy. But it has to be sturdy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have built it this way.

Right?

I’ve been reading about this story for years and it’s a fascinating one of design, ethics and responsibility.

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11:00
How to port your Google Voice number to your iPhone

Earlier this week, I saw this post from @GrowlVoice:

As of today, Google has officially shut off GrowlVoice's access to Google Voice as part of their integration of Google Voice into Hangouts.

Google has also shut off 3rd-party access to Google...

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09:00
Spoiler Shield is the first line of defense against...

Chances are good that if you've followed a big hit show -- say Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Scandal -- at some point the internet has ruined a big plot twist. You've got the episode DVR'd at home, waiting for you while you live your life. Then,...

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07:30
Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography

Sandro Cuccia continues his series on iPhone Photography mastery with yet another twenty-five awesome tips that are guaranteed to help you improve your own iPhone photography and go beyond simple silly selfies.


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07:00
Caturday: Gabby at work

Maybe she's checking owner/photographer Jim Koepnick's bank account, retouching a photo of her beautiful self, or just wondering what this thing is that her human spends a lot of time staring at, but Gabby seems to be looking at something very...

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06:59
Friction free parking

Über succeeded by reducing the friction from the process of getting a taxi. You pick up your phone, tap a few times, your car is on its way. If you like, you can text or call your driver directly and watch the driver’s progress on a map built into the Über app. When you are done, leave your wallet in your pocket. The billing is done automatically with an electronic receipt arriving in email to complete the process.

There have been a number of efforts at bringing that same friction reduction to the process of public parking. The linked article explores one system that shows how far we’ve come, how far we still have to go.

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06:40
∞ Space X rocket taking off and landing in same spot

[VIDEO] By far, the largest cost in a rocket launch is the cost of the rocket itself. By making the first stage of the rocket reusable, Space X can drop the price of a rocket launch from the traditional $100-$250 million all the way down to $55 million. That number will likely drop even further as reusability improves over time.

Ultimately, reusability will bring the cost low enough to make the Mars Colonial Transporter (another Space X project) a reality.

The video embedded in the main post was shot with a hexacopter. One of the keys to reusability is having the booster separation occur early enough in the launch so the rocket is still moving relatively slowly. Amazing to watch.

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05:00
Weed like to show you this spliffy 420 Audio High-Fi...

What happens when cannabis meets high-tech? You get PR blasts for 4/20 with headlines like "420 Audio packs dank sound with new High-Fi Wireless Bluetooth Speaker." While we'd like to write this off as a hallucination from drinking some stale bong...

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04:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Big grip, small hands

Big grip, small hands

There’s a big case in this week’s roundup that’s designed specifically for small hands, while others bring together materials, from plastics to natural woods, to keep your tablet safe from everyday accidents big and small.

BigGrips

The Frame (all iPad models; $35) includes a case made from a soft, non-toxic rubber foam that keeps your tablet safe and makes it easy for the little ones to get ahold of it, as well as a compatible stand that safely holds up your iPad at multiple angles, in both landscape and portrait orientations.

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00:00
Apple vs. Samsung, day eight: Pushing the judge...

The eighth full day of the Samsung-Apple patent trial went through another raft of witnesses as Samsung struggles to make its case inside its allotted limit of 25 hours -- a problem that hounded the company in the last trial as well. Lead attorney for Samsung John Quinn was forced to read transcripts of declarations to save time, hustle through witnesses and plead with Judge Lucy Koh for more time. An expert that the Galaxy S5 maker paid $1,000 an hour for refuted a colleagues' studies as "kind of biased."...



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Friday April 18

23:33
Samsung experts say Apple's patented features...

During the Apple v. Samsung trial on Friday, Samsung continued its defense by calling on a number of expert witnesses who asserted Apple has grossly exaggerated the value assigned to each of its patents-in-suit.



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20:42
Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned...

In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker....



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19:02
Apple now offering unclaimed WWDC tickets to...

Following the lapse of the deadline for Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery winners to pay for their entry, Apple has begun emailing other developers with a chance to purchase unclaimed tickets. The emails are likely also determined by lottery, though the company hasn't said. Reserved slots from the original lottery were held until April 14 at 5pm Pacific time, and it is thought that most of the lottery winners accepted the invitation to attend, which costs $1,600....



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18:10
Nike to reportedly exit wearables market, fires bulk...

A rumor on Friday claims Nike is planning to shut down the division responsible for creating wearable fitness trackers, starting with the axing of as many as 55 people from the FuelBand team.



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18:00
The Mac hole

I've gotten upset with Safari in the past, but this might be taking things a bit too far.

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17:48
Beats Music updated with subscriptions via in-app...


Beats Music for iOS was updated today to version 1.0.7, but don’t let the minor version number bump fool you: this update has a lot of new stuff, including an...

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17:35
Beats Music enables in-app subscriptions with latest...

Beats Music, the streaming radio arm of the Beats empire, updated its iPhone app on Friday with the notable addition of in-app subscriptions, meaning the company is now paying Apple's usual 30 percent commission on new sign-ups.



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17:22
FuelBand and other hardware discontinued,...

Nike has decided to get out of the wearable technology market entirely, according to a brand-new report from CNET. The company is said to have come to the conclusion that fitness software has a more stable future at the company, leading to the discontinuation of the FuelBand and other wearable fitness products and the firing of most of the 70 employees currently working in that division.

The move is interesting timing. Just a week ago, Nike launched Nike+Fuel Lab in San Francisco, a “new program to develop partnerships and products with NikeFuel” hundreds of miles south of its current location at its Oregon HQ....

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17:14
Apple adds 3D Flyovers of San Francisco East Bay,...

Apple has again expanded its Maps program for both iOS and OS X by adding 3D "Flyover" support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley and its University of California campus, which by happenstance is the birthplace of the original UNIX used as the foundation of both OS X and iOS. The 3d Flyover feature has generally been regarded as one of Maps' best features, alongside turn-by-turn driving navigation....



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17:04
The Loop Magazine Issue 25

In this issue:

What’s better, an iPad or a MacBook for university; being a freelance writer; a great story about Axl Rose running off stage; nurturing curiosity through mentoring; and iTunes and Indie bands.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:00
How to turn a dead iPod into an upgraded budget...

When a beloved piece of technology dies, it's often hard to let go. We've all seen basements and closets cluttered with the corpses of burned-out hardware that once served us well. Perhaps you've got a drawer somewhere with your dead USB sticks or an...

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16:25
Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large...

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?


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16:00
Pelican ProGear Voyager iPhone 5/5s case: Solid...

Pelican Products, Inc. today announced a new rough-and-tough case for the iPhone 5 and 5s -- the Pelican ProGear Voyager (US$50). The case will only be available at AT&T retail stores and through a special AT&T website, or you can take a chance at...

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15:42
Apple offers unclaimed WWDC tickets to select...

Apple on Friday began sending out emails asking developers who were not selected in this year's WWDC 2014 ticket lottery if they would like to purchase passes that have gone unclaimed by those originally selected to attend.



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15:41
Gillette’s new razor is everything that’s wrong with...

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New York magazine:

The Wall Street Journal obtained the marketing materials for Gillette’s new razor, the ProGlide FlexBall. The ProGlide FlexBall can cut each whisker 23 microns shorter — about a quarter of the width of a strand of human hair.

I won’t mince words: ProGlide FlexBall is a bad idea. A really bad idea. In fact, the razor represents everything terrible about America’s innovation economy.

It’s amazing how many gimmicks razor manufacturers have come up with to try and get us to by sharp bits of metal to scrape along our faces.

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15:30
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 18, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's...

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15:16
NASA and Google Do the Tango


Google's Project Tango smartphone, which is jam-packed with sensors, soon will be used in the International Space Station. The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration will swap out the smartphones it has used on two volleyball-sized free-flying satellites since 2011 with the Tango devices. NASA, which announced the Tango tie-in back in February, has flown modified Tango phones several times on an aircraft that can simulate microgravity by taking a parabolic flight path.

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15:00
Booqpad: Combining iPad tech with good old paper

Booq makes some nice products for Apple fans, and one of the more recent announcements from the company was for the Booqpad for iPad Air (US$60 for grey, $95 for black/stone). While it looks like just a plain-Jane folio case for the newest iPad, it...

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14:30
Apple reaching out to developers who didn’t win WWDC...

If you didn’t get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon. Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference, but not all of them took advantage of the opportunity.

Now Apple is reportedly reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets. Some developers are starting to get phone calls from the company informing them that they have been randomly selected to buy one of the tickets that winners failed to claim before the 14th.

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14:20
Why Apple Didn’t Try to Copy Google Glass

Google Glass had a nifty sci-fi feel to it when the product first came out. Along the way, however, Google failed to both think about why the product exists and fully appreciate the social aspects of the device. Calls for Apple to quickly follow Google's lead now look silly.


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∞ Epic pen spinning

You know that pen spinning thing you do? You can stop now. These kids do it better than you could ever imagine doing it.

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Apple Maps adds Flyover 3D modeling of Berkeley,...

Apple has expanded its 3D Maps Flyover support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley, the University of California birthplace of the flavor of Unix used in OS X and iOS.



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iSpotlight is a news app for following the rich and...

iSpotlite (free) lets you follow your favorite athletes, bands, or celebrities by feeding you web-sourced news and even the Twitter feeds of the rich and famous.

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∞ Design Flex

Design never exists in a vacuum. A designer is always creating something with a defined purpose. The essence of the designer’s job is a complex series of decisions that the end user has hired them to make.

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Briefly: Online Apple Store delays 24-hour ship...

In a change to certain European Online Apple Stores, the company is no longer offering 24-hour delivery turnarounds, while the option remains active in the U.S. and Canada.



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13:41
Review: Booqpad for iPad Air

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test....



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13:30
Menu Bars Of The Stars

I admit, I really enjoy seeing what people have in their menu bars. Particularly speakers at conferences, or people I know who are super productive, because they tend to be a little fussier about what gets to take up some of that precious space. Recently both Brett Terpstra and Peter Cohen have posted the contents of their menu bars. Brett doesnât go into as much detail, but he does make sure to link in case you want to learn more. I loved reading both of these, itâs like seeing someoneâs iPhone home screen and learning about a super useful app that might help smooth out a rough spot in your workflow.


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13:30
Daily Deals for April 18, 2014, featuring the The...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. Don't forget to check out our "Today in the App Store" post that singles...

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13:12
How to Streamline System Preferences on Your Mac

Tired of wading through the loads of options in System Preferences? Kelly has a couple of tricks to make it easier to navigate.


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13:09
Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201

Fixes a crash that occurred on Macs made between 2006 and 2008. (Free, 14.9 MB)

 

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13:00
​Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Ski Jumping Pro [iOS...

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12:30
Jobs, directed by Michael Bay

The upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is going through some growing pains, with would-be director David Fincher no longer on board to guide the project. We've already taken a look at what the flick could look like, depending on which director ends up taking...

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12:02
Briefly: VLC 2.3.0 for iOS, DevonTechnologies'...

Free media player VLC has updated its iOS ported app today, offering various fixes and new features. Users can play most video file formats, and do so without the need for conversion. File synchronization with Dropbox, GDrive, iTunes, direct download and through an embedded web upload is also permitted by the app....



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12:00
Apps We Actually Use: NotesTab Pro lets me sync...

I often find that I need to record snippets of information -- the link to this new app, the name of that updated app and so on. These are small items that I need for a specific purpose and usually only for a short amount of time. I often try to...

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12:00
Reviews: Booqpad for iPad Air

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test.On a fund ......

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11:56
Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond...

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

The Mac Observer Spin: How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.


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11:53
Google This: Yahoo Wants Apple's Search Business


Google has dominated the world of search for years, so much so that "Google" is not only synonymous with searching -- it's a verb, too. Who hasn't told someone to google something? That's awesome mindshare, and its power is translated to billions of dollars of ad-related revenue for Google. Where will search grow in the future? Mobile. And rumor has it, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer wants it. More to the point, Mayer wants Apple's mobile search business. Badly.

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11:29
How Apple dodged the Heartbleed bullet

In 2011, Apple told its developers that it would be deprecating OS X's Common Data Security Architecture including OpenSSL, describing it as an outdated relic of the late 1990s. Nearly three years later, OpenSSL was hit by a severe flaw that affected a wide swath of vendors and their users, but not Apple.



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11:14
Plaintiffs ask to use Steve Jobs evidence in anti-...

Plaintiffs' attorneys in a class action lawsuit against Apple, Google, and two other companies are asking that evidence related to Apple CEO Steve Jobs be included in the case, Reuters reports. The case revolves around the anti-poaching agreements Apple and Google -- and later, other high-tech businesses -- forged to keep salaries low and talent in place. The accused parties settled a US Department of Justice investigation on the matter in 2010, agreeing to end barriers to competitive hiring....



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11:00
Analysts chime in on Apple's Q2 2014 iPhone...

With Apple's earnings report slated for next Wednesday, all eyes will be focused on how many iPhones the company sold during the quarter gone by. As the prime source of Apple's quarterly revenue and profits, iPhone sales are often looked at as a...

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10:45
iLounge Game Spotlight: Hitman GO

The Hitman game series has proven popular enough to spawn a number of sequels, as well as a feature film. And with the release of Hitman GO ($5), it’s clear Square Enix thinks the franchise still has legs, as Agent 47 makes a big move from stealth action/adventure to…

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10:33
Hands On: Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 5

Samsung has been standing atop the hill of Android phones for some time now with its Galaxy line. Other manufacturers like HTC and Motorola have briefly held the crown, but Samsung always seems to find a way to yank it back with innovations, ease of use and simple design. The newest in the line, the Galaxy S5, looks to push Samsung towards the top of the pile again. But what kind of features can you look forward to in the new Galaxy S5, and is it capable of competing head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s?...



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10:22
Lost your iPhone or iPad? Here’s what to do next

Follow the link to learn about Lost Mode and how to turn it on for your iOS device.

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